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AD Materials Round Up: Wire Mesh

Though it can sometimes be overlooked in favor of materials which are more decisively either transparent or opaque, wire mesh is a tremendously versatile material that can be used for anything from delicate screens to a rough industrial interior. Here, ArchDaily Materials presents five projects that use wire mesh to great effect: Camenzind Evolution's "Coccoon" building which shrouds the entire facade in a silvery screen; the Ibiray House by Oreggioni Prieto, which uses a loose mesh to grow plants for seasonal shading; Melaten Car Park by KSG Architekten, which uses a mesh facade to create an "out of focus" effect; Nickl & Partner Architekten's Renovation and Extension of the Hameln County Hospital, which uses motorized mesh screens to shade patient rooms; and finally the Croatian Pavilion for the 2010 Venice Biennale, with an interior space dramatically carved from a block of 32 tons of welded wire mesh.

Ibiray House / Oreggioni Prieto. Image © Leonardo Finotti Massively out of Focus – the Melaten Car Park / KSG Architekten. Image © Jörg Hempel Renovation and Extension of the Hameln County Hospital / Nickl & Partner Architekten. Image © Nickl & Partner Architekten Croatian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Image © Zelimir Grzancic

Work Environments / DETAIL

We recently got to preview the newest addition to In DETAIL’s typological series, Work Environments: Spatial concepts, Usage strategies, Communications. It will be available next month (August 2011), and it is great for anyone who is interested in improving a user’s working conditions beyond the basic ergonomic and safety requirements. The first third of this volume deals with spatial organization, acoustics, lighting, and user satisfaction. The rest of the volume features projects from which the various concepts developed in the first third can be used to analyze them. I, personally, enjoyed the section on user satisfaction and how to measure it. After reading this section I speculated how researchers would control for the various confounding factors that exist in the uniqueness of each building presented in the rest of the book. This would not be an easy task by any means, but the necessity of such research is made clear throughout this volume. Read more after the break.

Google EMEA Engineering Hub / Camezind Evolution

  • Architects: Camezind Evolution
  • Location: Zurich, Switzerland
  • Architects: Camenzind Evolution
  • Project Team: Stefan Camenzind, Tanya Ruegg
  • Site Managment: Quadras Baumanagement Ltd.
  • Building Engineering: Amstein + Walthert Ltd.
  • Office Furniture Consultant: Büronauten Ltd.
  • Client: Google Inc.
  • Catering Consultant: Planbar Ltd.
  • Area: 12000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Camenzind Evolution

© Camenzind Evolution © Camenzind Evolution © Camenzind Evolution © Camenzind Evolution

Cocoon / Camenzind Evolution

  • Architects: Camenzind Evolution
  • Location: Zürich, Switzerland
  • Architects: Camenzind Evolution
  • Project Team: Stefan Camenzind, Marco Noch, Susanne Zenker
  • Client: Swiss Life
  • Budget: US $8,800,000
  • Area: 1900.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Camenzind Evolution

© Camenzind Evolution © Camenzind Evolution © Camenzind Evolution © Camenzind Evolution